The Southeastern Railway Museum will host steam-powered rides at the museum on a pair of weekends this fall, marking the first time in roughly 15 years that a steam train has operated at the museum.

On Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7, the museum will host Jeddo Coal No. 85, named “Mack.” John and Barney Gramling of Ashley, Indiana, own the steamer and take it to museums and events nationwide.

The event coincides with a planned 20th anniversary celebration of the museum’s move to its current location. Additional details about the celebration will be announced in the coming months.

“An important part of our mission is to educate newer generations about what a steam locomotive is — not only as a static interpretive piece but as a living, breathing, operational artifact,” said Andrew Durden, the museum’s operations manager.

Georgia Power No. 97, an 0-6-0T that H. K. Porter built in 1943 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was the last steam locomotive to operate at the museum. The crew took the engine out of service for boiler repairs in December 2003.

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